Katie Watson MA Holistic Psychotherapy and Counselling
in Brighton and Hove

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My experience, training and qualifications

The way I work has evolved from the different therapeutic traditions I have qualified in over the years, including psychotherapy and holistic approaches to mental health.

Some of these holistic approaches enable profound shifts and change, but lack the psychotherapeutic containment and reflection needed to integrate these changes long-term. Equally, traditional psychotherapy on its own can sometimes only go so far. I have experienced the value of both, and I offer a bridge between the two in the form of my own therapeutic approach.

I have seen hundreds of clients in both private practice and as a psychotherapist in a public sector trauma service. Through that experience, and extensive training and supervision, I have a developed a unique view of what works and what doesn’t work, both for me as a therapist and for my clients.

I have led therapeutic workshops, facilitated retreats and have an interest in working with groups in general. My experience of both leading and being in groups is that it holds a healing potential for all participants when harnessed therapeutically. This always seems to be intensified when individuals come together in nature; I have an ongoing interest in this and I am pursuing ecopsychology training as well as facilitating an immersive nature-based therapeutic retreat in the south of France in summer 2020.

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My qualifications and training

  • Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy (MA) The Minster Centre and Middlesex University

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Adv PG Dip) The Minster Centre

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Pg Dip) The Minster Centre

  • Diploma in Regression Therapy (Dip RT) The Regression Academy

  • Advanced Certificate in Hypnotherapy  The Regression Academy

  • Accredited Healer  School of Intuition and Healing and British Alliance of Healing Associations

  • Yoga Therapist for Mental Health  The Minded Institute

  • Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval Practitioner Development Training Medicine Women, Medicine Ways

  • Bodylistening - Deep Bodywork and Body Psychotherapy Training Brighton School of Embodied Therapy

  • More information
    I hold a Masters Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from The Minster Centre, one of the oldest and most respected integrative training courses in the UK, where I began training in 2009. I conducted my Masters research project into the therapeutic benefits of Core Shamanic Counselling as experienced by clients for my MA certification. I have worked as a psychotherapist for some years both in private practice and in Transport for London’s Trauma and Counselling Service, where I specialised in working short-term with trauma.

    I am an accredited energy healer with the British Alliance of Healing Associations (BAHA) after training for three years at the School of Intuition and Healing in 2010. I originally trained as a Reiki practitioner some years before this and volunteered in this capacity in a number of settings including mental health charities and the NHS.

    I qualified as a Yoga Therapist with the Minded Institute in 2011, undergoing a 500 hour training course which combined neuroscientific understanding of mind-body relatedness, yoga asanas and mindfulness.

    I hold a Diploma in Regression Therapy from the UK Regression Academy where I began training in 2013 and an Advanced Certificate in Hypnotherapy. The Regression Academy is accredited by the International Board of Regression Therapy (IBRT) and the General Hypnosis Standards Council (GHSC).

    I embarked on year-long training with Medicine Women, Medicine Ways in 2016, where I completed a practitioner development training in Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval. I am part of a shamanic drumming circle and my study is ongoing.

    I recently completed a Bodylistening training run by the Brighton School of Embodied therapy in 2019 - a six month training in body psychotherapy principles.

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